Chosen to spearhead Ninth Army's drive to
the historic Rhine, the Ozarks poised their
strength on a narrow front between Linnich and
Roerdorf. Every weapon, organic and attached,
had been emplaced and sighted. Everything was
closed up against the Roer, like a tightly
coiled spring about to snap loose in fury. Artillery
batteries were practically against its banks.
Service elements and dumps were within striking
distance of enemy artillery, often within range
of his nebelwerfers. The division command
post was in Linnich, barely 300 yards from the
water's edge. This was a crucial day. The course
of the war would depend on the next few hours.